She was fortunate being encouraged to go to school... Bulemu Mutale tells
us her story of a young woman growing up in the rural areas near the
Zambezi, but also describes for us in detail how we can imagine the
life of young women in Binga to look like.
With the help of her grandmother, Bulemu completed school. Her mother had
passed on; then her father lost his job and became ill. Bulemu
started working in a local super market and picked up the role of the
breadwinner for the family. The money job didn’t satisfy her. She
started volunteering at an orphanage, Sunrise Children’s Home and
discovered her passion: working with children. When she got involved
in helping packaging products like soap and baskets of Zubo women,
she also began volunteering for Zubo Trust regularly.
In 2018, Bulemu was chosen to participate in an exchange programme and
go to Germany in January 2019. This interview was recorded in
November, and in it, I encourage Bulemu to travel ahead with her
imagination and share with us her expectations, her questions, her
fear, and her projects...
By now, Bulemu is already working as a volunteer in a kita in Bielefeld.
She is one of 16 young people from the global Souths to participate
in a South – North exchange programme which allows young volunteers
from the global South to gain experiences in Germany in their chosen
area of social engagement.
Zubo Trust is women’s organization working with the rural women of
the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Zubo Trust has
accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women,
establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods,
and boosting their independence and self-esteem. One of Zubo’s
pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project. Further
projects include organic agriculture, developing cosmetic products
and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.